2015-05-05
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Earthquake in Nepal: 25th April 2015

Dear friends and reader,

Thank you for your concern and good wishes since the devastating earthquake that took place in Nepal on 25th April 2015. We received an overwhelming number of emails, phone calls and messages and are deeply touched by your concern and eagerness to help. It gave us strength and comfort during this difficult time. Almost two years have passed, and Nepal is still healing from these deep traumas. And we are still here to help in that process.

Measuring 7.8 in the Richter scale, the earthquake left a profound trail of destruction in the villages surrounding Kathmandu, in Kavre District (the location of Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel) and Sindhupalchowk, along with many other areas of central and western Nepal. More than 8,000 lives have been lost, countless homes and villages destroyed. 

After addressing the needs of our guests, staff and other tourists, we began distributing food, tents and other essential supplies to affected areas where relief had not yet reached. We had groups of staff going out to survey the needs of remote communities and immediately helping these areas. Other staff members were busy procuring and packing relief materials to send out. Once the immediate crisis was managed, our work focused on helping people to reconstruct their homes and villages, and for this, we urge your support.

A second earthquake hit the country on 12th May 2015, and an Internally Displaced Person Camp was lifted in Kathmandu, with temporary settlements for the people from Sindhupalchowk, the earthquake’s epicenter region that consequently lost almost 90% of its homes. 

Since their land and homes are inhabitable, the IDP Camp was home to many villagers including the elderly, over 150 children, pregnant women and now, a newborn. The camp grew and developed into “Hope Camp”. The children were enrolled in a nearby school and have been outfitted with school bags, books and supplies, and the seniors received training lessons on different labor components.

Nowadays, the place is no longer available for the tents placement, and “Hope Camp” was dissolved. From this point on, the adults were replaced in different family members’ houses in Kathmandu and Sindhupalchowk, and most of the children remain in the capital, so they are able to attend school and continue their studies. They are now staying in an Hostel, close to the previous “Hope Camp”, a place which provides rooms for them to sleep, a study room and an eating area, as well as guidance from some parents who look after them 24 hours a day. 

In the presence of situations meant to be temporary, we are currently in the process of assessing the villager’s land, homes and farms, in order to construct new homes. With this will, “Our Dream Village” project was born, and with it, the intention of building 230 houses to re-home all those still deeply affected by the earthquake.

It is vitally important that the Nepalese people affected by this natural disaster are able rebuild their lives quickly, sustainably and with dignity. With this in mind and heart, we would like to invite you to be a part of our visions, projects and ideals.

The purpose of this blog is to update anyone interested on our daily and weekly efforts. For more information, we may send a more detailed newsletter to those who might express a deeper interest in the projects. 

Thank you for keeping Nepal in your thoughts and prayers, as we work on addressing and rising from this disaster with strength, courage and persistence. 

 

With deep gratitude,

 

Ambica Shrestha, Sangita Shrestha Einhaus, Rene Vijay Shrestha Einhaus and the entire Dwarika’s and Kathmandu Travels & Tours family

 

2017-12-09
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Children’s medical check-up: 05/12/2017

For a long time we have been planning a new medical check-up for the children from Camp Hope, and today, thank to Prashant Poudel, Dr. Pravakar Parajuli and the members of Associação Obrigado Portugal and Dwarika’s Foundation, it finally happen. Dr. Parajuli gathered a team of doctors (Yogesh Kc, Prakriti Subedi, Sunil Adhikari) and all together as volunteers, with help from Prashant and some kids, the check-up started. The children at the hostel were checked for their BMI, blood pressure, lungs condition, teeth general status, and ear canal, amongst other.

Thank you so much for today

The start of the day!

Children helping with some measurements

Maya is very still for the check up

 Doctor Sunil Adhikari working on the field

Group Picture!

2017-12-09
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Sweet Twenties: 05/12/2017

oday was our sweet Sneha’s birthday! She was granted with cake and chocolate bars and sweets, ballons, “princess crown”, fake snow and music! We all danced and laughed and celebrated.

 Happy Birthday!

 Sneha and her chocolate cake! 

 Children getting the party started

Giving cake and rubbing some of it on each other's faces

2017-12-09
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Movie day: 05/12/2017

This week there will be elections in the country, and so, it also meant holidays for the children. Today we took those who didn’t return to the villages to the cinema! We all went to see “Coco”, from Disney, a movie with a strong cultural references and a story, which enhances the importance of remembering the love for our families.

 There is absolutely nothing like this sort of love!

Children entering the complex

 Manicha and benita with their popcorn!


 Pink glasses to enjoy the 3D movie in style!

 Everyone sitted! All ready for the movie to start!

 

 

 

2017-12-09
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First Excavations in Tatopani: 02/12/2017

As the engineers Durba and Laxman Saud return from the villages, good and exciting news come along! The excavation for the houses’ foundations as begin!

 Let’s pull our sleeves up and start work!

2017-12-09
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Fun and games: 01/12/2017

Friday we took 7 children from the Hostel to come, eat and spend the day at Dwarika’s! It is of most importance to reward the children for their behaviour and commitment, and to give them a chance to learn other life important lessons. Also, it is a great way to spend the Saturday! Janna L. Bryan joined for the day, and thought some children how to play pool table.

Fun at Dwarika's

 Breakfast at Dwarika's with volunteers João H. Raposo and Catarina Martins

Pool table with Jada

 

2017-11-27
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Football and Fun: 25/11/2017

Another Saturday, another football day. The attendance is regular, as most of the kids join for some more practice and small matches. A lot of celebrations, a lot of fun.

See you all next Saturday!

 02. Between breaks

 

Benita artistic photo

Benita playing with the camera

Dab! jpg

João and the kids - fun fun fun!  

2017-11-27
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Benita’s Birthday: 23/11/2017

Our little Benita is all grown up – she’s just turned 13! Always committed to help the other kids and to attend the senior’s in whichever they need, Benita is always there.

She is also one of the best students, keeping up with very good grades at school and always helping everyone with their Homework.

So today is your day! Happy Birthday Benita!

 Bimal (Big brother) and Sneha (borrowed big sister) crown the birthday girl

As part of the celebration, the kids have a piece of the cake for themselves and give a little piece to the birthday girlboy, as well as play with it a little on each other's faces

Benita's face cake paint! 

Let the party begin! Everyone is dancing!

João, Benita and some other kids

2017-11-22
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João is back! : 18/11/2017

So much excitement! Our dear friend and volunteer João Raposo has arrived in Kathmandu once again to be with the children of Hope Camp. Our eyes cannot believe it, and our hearts cannot bear it. We will be surrounded by his love, wisdom and kindness for a month time, and we couldn’t be more grateful. After countless hugs, he once again joined the football practice, as if time hasn't passed by at all. 

Welcome back João! Welcome back Dai (big brother)!

Joao arriving at the Hostel

 

Joao and the kids at the football practice

2017-11-22
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All on board: 14/11/2017

Another great meeting at Dwarika’s! The Duguna Gadi Villagers’ Committee, Dwarika’s Foundation, Shanti Leprahilfe Dortmund, Namlo Europa and Associação Obrigado Portugal – all gathered for yet another reunion. Today, we discussed the materials’ supply, management and transportation, and some changes needed to happen with the Committee.  

Stay tuned, more news will arrive soon!

DGV committee, Shanti Leprahilfe Dortmund, Namlo Europa, Obrigado Portugal and Dwarika's Foundation

Member of the committee and Laxman (engineer)

Members of the committee

Notes being taken

Legal documents 

2017-11-22
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Just like any School day: 14/11/2017

Today we decided to take the kids to school, early morning. It was a fresh start! And there’s no better way to start the day with hugs and smiles. The kids were all with their uniforms and breakfast taken. Before leaving the Hostel, all of them also took a small pack of cookies for those “cravings” in between classes.  

Stay sharp, and be curious!

Rinza and Susma

Pema

Some serious, some laughing 

2017-11-22
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Football and Pizza – The perfect combo: 11/11/2017

Another Saturday at the football court, but this time with a twist: once again, the Casa Rinaldi members joined in, as did Sangita and Vijay from Dwarika’s Foundation and Karen and Steve. What a joy! It is always great to have new and “old” faces during the weekend’s activities. But the children didn’t know as they were once again in for yet another surprise: Pizzas! Is there any better way to end the day? 

The perfect combo, for an extra fun day! Thank you all!

Om gathering the children 

 

Football match

All team gathered

Remigius Einhaus and the chef from Casa Rinaldi distributing pizza

Karen and Sangita distributing pizza

 The children enjoyng this fun meal

2017-11-22
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Meeting with the Duguna Gadi Villagers Committee: 07/11/2017

On this Tuesday, the DGV Committee, members from the Dwarika’s Foundation and from Shanti Leprahilfe Dortmund reunited for a meeting at Dwarika’s Hotel.  All together, they discussed the land and plots exchange between all villagers from all villages. Amongst other topics, they also addressed the road and bridge conditions, and how the soil behaved during and after the monsoon season.

Important information is being gathered, and soon the construction work will start!


 Meeting with all members

Group photo with all members

2017-11-22
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EcoHimal’s visit to the Villages: 07/11/2017

Mr. Kurt Luger, from EcoHimal, made his regular stop in Nepal and took the opportunity to get to know the villages better. Mr. Narayan Dhakal, from EcoHimal Nepal, joined the visit, and so did we. While revisiting the villages, we made a special stop in Yarmasing, the village located at the highest altitude – the view was mesmerizing, and the people warm as always. The flowers and grass now cover the fields, and with that, different species of butterflies arrive, bringing more movement and colour to the scenario.

 

It was a short trip, but worth it, as always! 

Mr. Kurt Luger admiring the view from Yarmasing

 

 

Mr. Narayan Dhakal and Mr. Luger checking the plots for the new houses

Local women working the fields

Durba Anmol taking photograph of Yarmasing

The team changing ideas with a local man

The blooming flowers which are covering the fields and houses

2017-11-22
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Pasta Day at the Camp: 06/11/2017

What a surprise! The members from the Casa Rinaldi came to visit Kathmandu and decided to pay a visit to the kids from the Camp. Not only that, but the Italian chef cooked for all of them! We are talking 65 children! They were delighted, what a great day to try the best Italian food you can get. It is always good to try new cultural things, after all, we can learn a lot from food.

Buon appetito, grazie mille!

Shavona and members from Casa Rinaldi preparing the dinner

Girls helping out in the kitchen

Casa Rinaldi members giving the meals

The children having the tasty pasta

Girls having fun

Boys enjoying the new flavors

2017-11-22
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Dance during Tihar: 20/10/2017

Today, the girls from the Hope Camp joined the Hotel Dwarika for a dance performance to celebrate the Tihar (Nepal’s Holiday). The photos don’t quite make justice to the event and to the dedication of these girls! Later, alongside some younger kids, they all gathered with Sangita for dinner.

What a day! Let’s celebrate! 

2017-11-07
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Football and Persistence: 04/11/2017

The children are back from their holidays, and back to their routines in Kathmandu. School is their priority, but it is incredible to see how the football practices and matches is still engaging almost every kid in the hostel. Today was no exception, and at 13.00h sharp, there they were – ready to play! With the constant help from former football player Om B. Raut, the practice was lead with discipline and teambuilding spirit. This time, he got help from regular attendants – Prashant Poudel and Matthew Norley, working on and out the field.

 

Until next Saturday!

Children warming up

Matthew Norley helping sorting out the teams

Match time

Om Raut giving instructions

Playtime with Prashant Poudel

Football with the youngsters

2017-11-06
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Mr. Forrest’s surprise for the Children: 28/10/2017

What a surprise! Mr. Forrest decided to drop by the Hostel, as he often does every time he founds himself in Kathmandu. This time, he had a special gift for the children – 10 Ipads! As expected, the kids were thrilled and eternally grateful for this man’s kindness. All these technological equipment is going to be equally shared amongst the children, and hopefully stimulate them into making use of their curiosity and will to learn.

 

Let us see the fun and learning that they will surely have in the future!

Mr. Forrest' arrival at the Hope Hostel

The children are completely awe

The children are checking the Ipads

Mr. Forrest guiding the children exploring the new gadjets

 

2017-11-06
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Construction site visit to check the plots: 24/10/2017

Today the new engineers and construction overseers went to the Duguna Gadi villages to make acquaintance of the site’s characteristics and demands. They will check the plot’s areas for all sites where the new houses will be placed, and verify with the villagers their lands exchange. The perimeter of the plots is needed in order for the houses permits are legally presented, as well as it will facilitate the construction beginning process.

 

Waiting for their return!

Jeep up in the mountain of Duguna Gadi

2017-11-06
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A special visit to Tatopani: 06/10/2017

On this day, Pedro Queirós and Ghazal Vaziri visited the villages of Duguna Gaudi, in order to collect some more information to the project Our Dream Village, as well as visit old local friends. They visited the locations proposed for constructing the new houses and verify that the people were very aware of the locations of the plots for the new buildings. ‘We felt that people were very well informed about the project, in particular about the location of the new houses’ (Pedro Queirós). 

 

Thank you Pedro and Ghazal! Come back soon!

View from up in Yarmasing

Local farmer from Bhumachour

Ghazal with Pema and Manisha

Pedro and the children from the camp in Yarmasing

Ghazal and local farmers, at Yarmasing

2017-11-06
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A visit to Duguna Villages’ School: 27/09/2017

Great news! Mr. Felix Bresser, Dr. Christoph Rüssel and Mr. Remigius Einhaus, came to visit the villages on behalf of the "Borken hilf Nepal”. It is a project and initiative in Germany that collects money for Nepal’s recovery after the earthquake. They have raised some money for the reconstruction of the school, and so they have decided to visit it. Besides this kind visit, they also helped the Hope Camp with medical expenses.

 

So thankful! We are longing for their return!

(from left to right) Felix Bresser, Dr. Christoph Rüssel and Remigius Einhaus

 

First view of the school

First view of the school

The group giving talking with the local villagers

Villagers and students - careful listeners

School Director thanking their visit

Students thanking their visit

2017-08-02
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Women’s Knitting program at Camp Hope Hostel: 30/7/2017

Camp Hope members are utilizing their time in a very fruitful way.Camp ladies nowadays are spending their entire day knitting the clothes.They are making woolen caps, sweaters, trousers etc. so that they can sell and earn money for their households.Previously they got their knitting, sewing training in our big Camp Hope and now they are making benefits from those training. 

These ladies have developed their skills and this is making their lives much easier and pleasant.

                    Camp Hope members looking at the details of their product.

                    One of the oldest member of Camp Hope working on her product.

                                                  Work in Progress!

                                  Ladies busy with their work. Focused and dedicated!

2017-07-17
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Yoga classes in Camp Hope Hostel: 17/7/2017

‘Yoga ‘is the practice of retrieving and incorporating all aspects of our true nature body, mind, and spirit.Our camp hope children are taking ‘Yoga’ classes from instructor Mr.Shambu Prasad Paudyal every day in the morning from 7:30 am to 8:30 am.Yoga will not only help to strengthen their physical body but also will make their mental health good. These children are learning each method of yoga sincerely and start their day with meditation. These exercises will help to develop their confidence and concentrate better in their lives. Some of the asanas our camp children perform are breathing asanas (pranayama), Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), Kapal Bhati, triangle pose and other exercises.

We hope these yoga practices will help them to be focused on their studies and other works.

                  Camp Hope children performing breathing exercise in their daily Yoga session.

                   Children performing ‘bhamri’ or ‘Humming bee breath’ exercise.

              Children doing their meditation in presence of Yoga instructor, Mr. Shambu Prasad.

              Simran, Anu in the front and other children performing exercises at Camp Hope Hostel

2017-06-30
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A Heartwarming Farewell to Mr. João – 22/6/2017

A very emotional and memorable ceremony concluded in Camp Hope hostel while giving a farewell to Obrigado Portugal volunteer Mr. João Hipolito. João helped camp hope families and gave his time and effort to Our Dream Village project for three months. He showed how someone can be helpful to others and still be happy fulfilling others needs and dreams. Camp hope families gave him a heart-warming ceremony for his help and support to this project. The ceremony started with some Buddhism prayers, cake cutting and music and dance. Children gave their best wishes to João for his future endeavors and thanked him for his immense help and support. 

We all wish you a wonderful journey ahead João and hope to meet you soon!

                                        João with little Camp Hope kids

                            Villagers giving their best wishes and thanks to João by putting’ khada’.

                         Smiling João in Nepalese traditional hat ‘Dhaka Topi’.

                           João cutting the cake on his farewell ceremony.

                               Camp kids giving their well wishes and gratitude to João

2017-05-31
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Bulldozer and Truck Moved to the Village - 19/05/2017

The gift given by the people of Japan or through the Japanese embassy to the Our Dream Village Project, a bulldozer and a truck has now been moved to the sindupalchowk district. The truck was fully loaded with the wheelbarrow and barrels for the construction of homes. Volunteers Joao, Charlotte and Dwarika’s staff visited the Sindupalchowk district on this day. Everyone made sure the truck and bulldozer safely reached the place as it is one of the big moment where Our Dream Village (ODV) project take its step forward.

                     Truck given by Japanese Embassy reached the village carrying the wheelbarrow

              Truck and Bulldozer situated in Sindupalchowk district, a gift from People of Japan

            Volunteers Joao, Charlotte and Dwarka’s staffs with villagers in Sindupalchowk district.

2017-05-16
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Surveyor Team Visits Sindupalchowk District: 1/5/2017

A whole team of land surveyors, volunteers from Obrigado Portugal and Dwarika’s foundation staffs visited the Sindupalchowk district for pegging the land in order to start the Dream Village project. The surveyor had to only peg those lands which were safe to make homes as per the geological report.

Villagers were quite excited as their Dream Village project has started its work. Surveyors and the team will be staying for four to five days until all the safe land is pegged for building homes.

                         Villagers helping the Surveyors finding the land.

                       Survey team measuring land for plotting at Sindhupalchowk site

                                    Surveyor team with their equipment.

                                                Pegging of land.

2017-05-16
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Visit at Sindupalchowk District : 1/5/2017

Villagers welcomed the team from Kathmandu at Sindupalchowk district where Dream Village project is going to be built. The team included volunteers from Obrigado Portugal, Surveyors team, Sangita Shrestha Einhaus, engineers from the Dwarika’s hotel. The meeting was held at the district discussing the topic of the land exchange between villagers.In this project villager whose land are safe to build homes are sharing it with the one whose land are not safe according to the geological survey report. This is a collaborating project where each villager is helping each other to build their homes. We hope this unity will inspire people to do something good for others.

                  Villagers welcoming guests in Sindupalchowk district.

                    DugunaGadi committee members, Volunteers, villagers in meeting

                                  Villagers involvement in the meeting

2017-06-08
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Meeting of Sindupalchowk villagers with Bank representative- 28/4/2017

A small meeting was held at Dwarika’s premises with Sindupalchowk villagers and Himalayan Bank employee. The main purpose of this meeting was to help villagers in need in granting loans to buy land. This meeting with bank people has boosted the villager’s energy in completing the Dream Village project more effectively.

                  Sangita Shrestha Einhaus , Villagers and Bank people in Dwarika’s premises.

                 Bank employee in discussion with Finance controller of Dwarika’s.

                           Bank representative giving some details.

2017-05-16
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New Students in Camp Hope Hostel- 27/4/2017

Four new students from marginalized family background were enrolled in our Camp Hope hostel. These four kids named Aakash, Bibek, Kopila and Shree Krishna were very excited to meet their new friends and get enrolled in Samata School.

Because of devastating earthquake these child studies was hampered. We hope their new journey in Camp hope hostel will be enjoyable and learning experience.

             Camp hope hostel new members Aakash, Bibek, Kopila and Shreekrishna.

2017-04-17
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Meeting with Duguna Gadi Villagers at Camp Hope Hostel: 29/3/2017

A small meeting was held at Camp Hope Hostel on 29th march 2017 in presence of Duguna Gadi Committee villagers, Dwarika’s foundation, and members from Obrigado Portugal, Namlo Europa and Shanti Sewa Griha. The main agenda of this meeting was to discuss about the upcoming big project for all these people, ‘The Dream Village’ project. The discussion included topics like name list of householders, the workers list for the project, women’s work during project etc.

The beginning of the ‘The Dream Village’ project has started and we all hope that it will be a memorable journey.

                           Sanu Sherpa discussing on the topic.

                                    Participant’s villagers in the meeting.

                          Participants members of the meeting.

2017-04-08
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Bulldozer,Truck & Stone Crusher handover to villagers from Japanese Ambassador: 20/3/2017

On 20th march 2017 Japanese ambassador H.E.Mr.Masasi Ogawa handed over a bulldozer, truck and stone crusher to the villagers of Camp Hope through Dwarika’s Foundation. This bulldozer, truck and stone crusher will be used for building their dream houses in their own villages. This symbolic event started the next step to the main project ‘The Dream Village ‘of building 230 houses in the Sindupalchowk district. The ceremony included traditional dances from the villagers and camp hope kids. The program was attended by Mrs. Ambica Shrestha and Business Professional Women (BPW) members.

Ambassador Ogawa was very much pleased to help these villagers in building their houses. We heartily thank Japanese Embassy and people of Japan in playing a vital part in our Dream Village Project.

             Villagers performs traditional dance in front of Ambassador.

              Traditional Buddhists rituals performed by villagers.

              Mrs.Ambica Shrestha giving her well wishes to villagers for their new project.

       Camp Hope girls Tashi,Lakpa and Sneha performing dance in the event.

            Ambassador Ogawa giving his speech for the villagers.

       Old village members with Ambassador, Ambica Shrestha and Sangita Shrestha Einhaus.

                  Bulldozer handover to villagers.

                        Truck handover to the villagers.

            Stone crusher from the people of Japan to villagers.

        Villagers and guests with the Japanese ambassador H.E. Masashi Ogawa.

2017-05-05
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President's Club Group Visits Camp Hope Hostel and Samata School: 16/03/2017

President Club group from different part of the world visited Camp hope hostel and Samata school where our Camp Hope kids study. These group have previously supported these children by giving quilts, bed sheets, covers, pillows for the Camp Hope Hostel. This time they came physically to visit these lovely children. They went to visit children from Dwarika’s on local vehicle ‘Tempo’. After reaching to Samata school, they all distributed foods to each child. Then they visited to camp hope hostel where camp children performed beautiful singing and dancing programs. Each person stepped up and enjoyed dancing with the children. They also distributed various gifts to the children.

Every person was astounded with the children’s performances and loved their presence at Camp hope hostel. 

            Guest taking her ride to Camp Hope from Dwarika’s.             

                 The guest, distributing foods to children in their classes.

               Children of Camp Hope hostel singing welcome song for the group.

                          Camp Hope guys showing their dancing talent.

                  Tashi, Suhana and Lakpa performing dance for the guests.

                                        Gifts for the childrens.                          

2017-04-07
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A 1200 k.m.Walk : Taj Mahal to Camp Hope

If you think about doing something good for others, even god will be on your side. A humble person from Portugal who was aiding the camp hope families in making their lives better thought to do something further. He thought to walk a 1200 kilometers journey by foot so that he could accumulate some money for these kids’ better lives. This individual was none other than Pedro Queiros, a Portugese national and initiator of Obrigado Portugal.

Pedro started his journey on 10th Jan 2017 and concluded his journey on 3rd March 2017 from the doorstep of Taj Mahal Agra, India to Camp Hope, Kathmandu in 53 days. He shared his experience that his foot got swelled, been sick, couldn’t get proper shelter, was chased by animals, encountered with risky folks but never gave up the hope. It was camp hope children’s wishes, his friends & family’s blessings that he accomplished his mission and collected an amount of $17,131 for these children.

Pedro was greeted by camp hope children, Dwarika’s staffs, Sangita Shrestha Einhaus, Rene Vijay Einhaus, Shavona Shrestha and his friends and walked with him the last 6 kilometers from Maitighar, Kathmandu to Camp Hope. He was astonished by his wife Ghazal’s presence in Nepal for his welcome. Children’s put khada on him, a Buddhism praying was held in Camp Hope hostel for him. On the other day, Camp Hope children performed some singing, dancing program .Pedro was overwhelmed with all this gesture from these kids. But, we all know he has done something beyond imagination and he will be remembered for his good deeds always and forever. 

Thank you Pedro! or as he likes to call himself ; Pedro Sherpa.

                                 Welcome card written by Camp kids for Pedro.

                  Camp kids leaving from Camp Hope Hostel to receive Pedro.

 Sangita overwhelmed seeing Pedro at Maitighar,Kathmandu after his successful 1200 k.m. walk 

              Shavona putting colors on Pedro for his success.

  Pedro stunned seeing his wife Ghazal; she gave a surprise coming to Nepal for his welcome.

                      A group picture with Pedro at Maitighar,Kathmandu.

                               Pedro kissing Nepalese flag.

   Pedro walks his last few kilometers with his supporters and camp kids.

            Pedro thanking god for helping him achieve his successful journey.

               Ghazal performs ‘aarati’ on Pedro for his achievement.

                     Camp kids waiting to put ‘khada’ on Pedro.

              Little Chhiring happy to see Pedro after such long time. A warm hug!

                               A beautiful smile!

                 Ceremony being held at Camp Hope hostel for Pedro’s return.

                 Pedro with a little camp hope member Pradip by his side

            Bimal and guys performing in front of Pedro in his welcome ceremony.

                Camp girls performing traditional Nepalese dance for Pedro.

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      Pedro enjoys his presence at Camp hope hostel after his long and successful walk

2017-03-22
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New home for children- Camp Hope Hostel-23/02/2017

On the auspicious occasion of Shivaratri day, our camp hope children moved into their new hostel. On the early morning children with an enthusiasm of shifting their home packed their stuffs. Then, with joint efforts from grown-up camp members, Dwarika’s staff, Shavona Shrestha and Sangita Shrestha Einhaus the shifting happened efficiently. Camp hope hostel has office room, children's room, recreation room, dining room, kitchen room, study room, computer room and also room for the guardians.Total sixty five children will be staying in this new and small camp hope with two mamas and two papas as their hostel guardian.Children call their hostel guardians mama and papa.

 As all the supplies were moved the whole hostel was purified by priest with Hindu and Buddhist rites. Children worshipped before entering their rooms. In this camp hope hostel children should be in the discipline and also feel permitted to express their views and notions. Children will help each other in making their lives better. The kids will also have morning prayers and a yoga session with an expert. They will have tuition classes, computer sessions with Wi-Fi zones where they can get knowledge from the internet .They have a recreational room where they can watch their favorite movies and cartoons, play with toys and play other indoor games. 

These kids who have lost their homes will now start a new journey in this camp hope hostel .They do not have access to school in their village because of earthquake destruction. So, they will stay in this little camp hope till they have access to good school in their village. They will be trained to work together, help each other, love each other and get united with each other to accomplish their goals.

                                 Camp kids helping to carry the mattress.

                Kids working together. The mattress was provided by HP group

                   Camp adult members helping each other in shifting the stuffs.

                         Rooms after placing the mattresses and trunks.

       New quilts, pillows and bed cover for camp hope children provided by HP group

                    Sangita Shrestha Einhaus worshipping at camp hope hostel.

 Sangita Shrestha Einhaus putting tika and flowers at the entrance door of Camp Hope Hostel.

                      Children entering into their new Camp Hope Hostel.

                   Simran putting bed sheet on her new Camp Hope Hostel room.

                                             Tashi decorating her room.

                    Boys is about to have their first night sleep in Camp Hope Hostel

                    Girls relishing their presence in their new Camp Hope Hostel room. 

2017-03-20
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Farewell to the first and big Camp Hope

After living for two years in camp, the camps of our big camp hope was finally dismantled. This camp journey helped each of these individuals to get united in concluding the task.

Now, their new mission together is to build their homes, so that they can have a permanent shelter. The children residing in the camp will be transferred to camp hope hostel. Camp members were feeling down that they had to dismantle their camp.

As for two years, this camp was like their family to each person, all the camp members were like their family members.

Although, they were depressed about parting from the camp, but they were glad that they have a new mission to finish out working together, which is building their new home.

A home where they can live together with their children and share all this struggling but beautiful journey of camp hope. For now we give farewell to our big camp hope but we still have a beautiful journey to live in our camp hope hostel.

                                                            Camp Hope

                                       Camp Hope camps finally dismantled!

                                        The last camp remaining to dismantle

                                  Camp members getting the stuff from camp.

                    Camp Hope children Binita and Rinza looking for their things.

                                                     Farewell Big Camp Hope !

2017-03-16
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Building Camp Hope Hostel

In few days our big camp hope will be dismantled. Adults will go to their villages for their faming and other purposes. But, children cannot move there as there is no schools. One of the main reason Camp hope hostel is built because of giving continuity to these kids study. Construction of camp hope hostel was a collective task from camp hope members and the Dwarika’s maintenance team. Camp hope hostel was designed to be made from bamboos and woods. Painted in blue, yellow and white, the hostel looks very appealing.

The kids themselves selected their favorite color for the hostel. The hostel consists of 10 rooms with kitchen, dining area and study area. The rooftop of the hostel is made in early Nepalese pagoda style. 

This new journey of camp hope children in this hostel will surely make some lovely memories to cherish.

                                Hostel premises being cleaned up before construction

                                              Making of Camp Hope Hostel floor.

                      New home for our camp children, Camp Hope Hostel making in process.

                       Members working together building the top.

                                 Painting the walls.

                               Beautiful design of bamboos.

                                                       Almost finished !

                               Camp Hope Hostel,New home for Camp Hope children.

 

2017-04-05
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Visitors from England in Camp Hope - 21/01/2017

A family from England visited camp hope children in their camp and the newly made hostel. They also brought some clothes for the campers from their home. Sarah with her twin girls India and Georgie and their friends Will and Liv came to visit these lovely camp members.

These families were very excited to visit them and enjoy the full day with these children. The twin girls India and Georgie were very happy to meet other twin boys of camp Ram and Laxman. As it was Saturday and children were having their regular futsal game, visitors also played with these kids.

                             Our camp twins Ram and Laxman and twin visitors Georgie and India.

                                     Visitors enjoying their futsal game with Camp Hope children.

                                    After game Will,India,Georgie,Sarah and children giving a snap.

 

2017-03-15
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Clear Vision Operation – 15/01/2017

Dwarika’s foundation helped five people of the Sindupalchowk district in getting their cataract surgery on 15th January 2017.Cataract is clouding of the lens of the eye, which averts clear vision. There were about five patients with age between eleven years to eighty four years whose successful operation was performed.

The patient included older women, male and children. The surgery was done by the cataract surgery experts .Dwarika’s devoted staff D.V.Basnet ’Guruji’, was involved in arranging and managing this task from the start.

We hope this small effort from Dwarikas foundation will make these few people lives easier as they can now clearly view things.

                                                       Small kid getting an eye checkup.

                                       Patient happy faces as they can have clear view eye sight.

                                               A satisfaction looks from little child after surgery.

2017-03-15
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Birthday,Wishes & Fun with Camp Hope Kids

Sean Einhaus Shrestha ‘JuJu’ celebrated his birthday with kids of camp hope in Dwarikas.He spent his special day with these kids and had some beautiful time.

The celebration was full of joy and all camp hope kids gave their best wishes to the birthday boy. Sean was very much happy that he got an opportunity to enjoy his best day with such lovely kids. Kids were delighted to have a day off and have delicious food along with an enjoyable program. Also some of these little campers showed their singing talent and dancing moves.

Sean said that it was his best birthday ever as he could celebrate his birthday with his camp family members.

                                                       Sean with little twins Ram and Laxman.

                                       Small Camp Hope member Choten giving her wishes to Sean.

                                              Sean.Lakpa,Pema,Tashi and Sneha in humor mood.

                                                        Ms.Monic giving her wishes to Sean.

2017-02-04
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Hopes, Carol & the Ice Cream – It’s Christmas : 25/12/2016

It was Christmas night when camp hope children and Dwarika’s family made this beautiful evening a memorable one. Children singing the lovely Christmas carol made the evening even more amusing and musical. Camp hope children first sang their Christmas carol in Hotel Annapurna then on Hotel Hyaat. After finishing their program they returned back to Dwarikas and sang their concluding carol.

It was Ms.Monic exertion and supervision that these children were able to accomplish so exquisitely. The children also shared their carol singing experience in different places like the Hyatt and Annapurna in Dwarikas.

Similarly, they were given some staging tips from our very own Mrs. Ambika Shrestha. She, gave a beautiful message to them as ‘Always be together’. She imparted them how being united will benefit them to make their life even more beautiful. Also this Christmas Mr.Haiko presented the camp members some warm wears as a gift .We are very gratified of you Mr Haiko, you were a real santa here. Ms. Monic also presented some gift for this Christmas, to the girls in camp hope.

The night concluded with some wonderful advices, children’s speeches, delicious food and last but not the least a chilling Ice cream.

Camp Hope kids singing carol at Hotel Annapurna

Campers and the guest taking group picture after carol singing at Hotel Annapurna

Camp Hope kids singing their Christmas carol in Hyatt 

Ms. Monic giving some last tips on while  carol singing at Dwarikas

Bowls going to be empty soon ! The delicious Ice cream .

Mrs.Ambika Shrestha, President of Dwarikas giving some tips on stage presentation

Mr.Haiko providing some winter wears gifts to camp hope family

Sean interacting with the kids in Camp Hope

Sean and Monic presenting gifts to the children

Children waiting to get their christmas gifts from Ms.Monic

Sean and Monic enjoying presence of little camper

                                      It must be delicious! Kids waiting to get their Christmas cookies

Sean and kids enjoying their conversation  

2017-02-04
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Fun, Friends and the Football : 26/11/2016

Our camp hope youngsters played a sociable match with professional football players in Thimi football ground. The event took place in presence of camp hope family, Sangita Shrestha Einhaus , volunteer Dr. Tiago., Dr. Juanna, Rene Vijay Einhaus ,Shavona Shrestha and coach OM.

It was coach OM Raut effort that this event took place and we are very thankful of him. Sean Navin Einhaus ‘Juju’ also took part in this friendly match being in side of camp hope players. The event started with players entering the arena with their kid mascot and standing for the national anthem of Nepal and FIFA theme song.

The game  looked very intense as every one of them were giving their best for the output. Even though the game was won by Professional players, we accept as true every single one of them won the hearts. It was match played in order to make camp members feel the real game scenario with professionals.We believe as in a football match every individual will contribute for each other, so that they can make their forthcoming exists improved and sheltered. 

Sean with little camper arriving at the ground

Players with their mascot and the national flags of Nepal and Portugal

March pass done before beginning the match

Sean’s eyes on the ball !A true player spirit

A look at the audience !

A good struggle for success

Sean handshake with football coach OM 

  Players, supporters, and the football coach Mr.Om Raut

2017-02-03
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A Proper Goodbye : 02/11/2016

It was time to give farewell to our friend, ally and a very good human Ms. Francisca from Obrigado Portugal.

A proper goodbye fete was held in camp hope for her. The ceremony was done in Sherpa traditions. She was served with foods, fruits and drinks. Francisca was felicitated with’ khada’ by each adherent of the camp hope. She also shared her lovely and earnest journey in facilitating the camp hope family. The ceremony also concluded with traditional Sherpa dance form.

Francisca your aid and support to these families was precious. You will always remain in the heart of these folks. Always be like this and immense of love from Nepal.

Francisca at the farewell blessings

The worship performed 

Camp Hope women presenting ‘ khada’ to Francisca

Francisca getting snap with village development committee president 

Francisca with senior citizens of camp hope during farewell

 

2017-02-03
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Bhai Tika - A festivity of Relation : 1/11/2016

The festive period is still on. It’s the festivity of brother and sister relation, Bhai Tika.Bhai tika was celebrated at camp hope where Ms.Francisca and other visited the camp.

The celebration was done by putting tika and garland between brother and sisters.Francisca also celebrated by receiving tika from the men of camp hope. The delicious food, fruits, rotis and drinks were served to everyone. The members and the visitants relished the day by dancing in traditional form. The ladies were seen wearing their traditional costumes.

A beautiful festive day was spent in camp hope by wishing each other for the prosperous future and vigorous life.

 Francisca puts Bhai tika and wore a garland 

 Members of camp hope performing in their ritual dancing 

 Francisca and her friends participating and enjoying the ritual dance 

Camp ladies in their traditional dresses 

2017-02-03
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Festival of Lights and Colors : 30/10/2016

The season of the festival is here and our camp hope family are relishing every bit of the moment. The Laxmi Puja celebration was started by worshipping goddess Laxmi and lightening the camp.

The kids made some beautiful Rangoli, an art made through colors. The children also performed the special dance on ‘deusi’ in camp hope and later they performed specially for Dwarikas family at courtyard of Dwarikas.Together with Mrs.Sangita Shrestha ,other visitors also enjoyed the deepawali celebration in camp hope and Dwarikas.

Deepawali is considered to be the festive of lights and colors, we wish Camp hope family will also find their inner light and move forward in their life driving away all the obscurity they have faced before.

Camp hope kids taking snap near Rangoli

‘Happy Deepawali’ board at Camp Hope

Making of ‘Rangoli’ in the process

A fully decorated ‘Rangoli’ made by Camp hope family

Festival of lights! 

Pemba carrying flowers to decorate, With his beautiful  smile

Pema is making footsteps of goddess Laxmi

‘Camp Hope Esperanca’ decoarating Camp Hope

Children’s of Camp Hope at Dwarikas for their ‘Deusi-Vaili’ performances 

2017-02-03
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Fun at the Fun Park : 20/10/2016

Our camp hope kids enjoyed one full day at the fun park sited at Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu. The kids were very much thrilled to stopover the place as they had not visited and relished the different playing stuffs installed at the fun park.

Along with the kids Mrs. Sangita Shrestha Einhaus and Ms. Francisca also adored the moment. Kids were seen relishing children ride (train), Carousel, children Columbus and bumping cars. The fun was startling as we could see a stunning smile on each of their innocent faces. After the ride kids were served with the packed foods made at camp hope. Also, they enjoyed the delicious ice cream.

Camp hope children at the fun park

Kids thrilled with the Children Columbus ride

Little Camper, Ram Sherpa with his twin brother Laxman and their friends 

It's more fun than in real horse! Pemba and his friends

Its food time! Camp hope family enjoying their lunch with Sangita

Francisca with the Ice cream lover little camper

2017-02-03
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Celebration of Victory Over Vice: Dashain In Camp Hope – 12/10/2016

Dashain is a festival which symbols celebration of victory over vice, truth over untruth and justice over injustice. The goddess Durga known as the goddess of victory is worshipped with great devotion, during the first nine days. Dashain is also the period of family get-togethers and feasts where people forget their variances.

Camp hope family also celebrated this divine festival in the presence of Mrs. Sangita Shrestha Einhaus and Ms. Francisca. Sangita, put tika on child’s forehead and also to camp hope family and blessed them for their stunning upcoming future

The red color tika on everybody’s forehead looked very attractive as it’s the color of determination, color of strong will and color of the spirit. We all hope this festival conveys a drive in them to grasp their future sturdily and make each other’s life lovely.

Mrs.Sangita Shrestha Einhaus putting tika on small camper Chiring.

Camp hope little kid Pradip ,Dashain tika on his forehead with innocent smile

Friends forever! 

Mr.Basnet,Dwarikas employee getting tika from Sangita at camp hope

Francisca and her friend with red tika on forehead and a very beautiful smile

Senior members of camp hope family 

Beautiful juniors Nima and Chhenga with their red tika.

Its selfie time !Liitle camper boys Pema and Pemba having fun of Dashain celebration.

 

 

 

2017-03-22
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Colorful Strokes In Paper: An Art Day In Camp Hope

Art is an expression of ideas, feelings or love in the form of drawings, paintings, or any other means. The aim of an art can be to communicate divine and philosophical ideas, to craft a nous of beauty or to just show an emotion.

A similar day was spent in camp hope where many little camp members and adult members exhibited their sentiment and feelings in the form of paintings. It was very delight to watch these kids stroking their notions in paper. They displayed their adoration and regard for Obrigado Portugal and Dwarikas foundation in various art forms. Some of them also drew their dream village where they would want to spend their life.

We expect that these children’s flair doesn’t get squandered and hope they always have the right means to express their spirits and thoughts.

An art by camp hope member Anu

Dabutti’s Art explaining love for the country Nepal

Doma with portray of her own picture

Hanging Paintings!

Kids busy in selecting their favorite colors

Love for Nepal and Portugal 

Little artist with her creation!

Binita and her love for Nepal, Germany and Portugal 

Painting in hand with beautiful colors

Our old camp member with her hidden talent

Doma showing her painting of nature

Love for Camp Hope! Kids drawing their dream house

Suhana with her abstract painting

She’s really got a skill and a lovely smile!

 Pema, Pasang and friends with their colored hands.

2017-02-02
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Game of Hopes – Camp Hope Game Day

Games help people to take the lead and also learn. They persuade players to triumph and also consent their failures and setbacks. Children should always partake in playing games as it aids them to set their objective, bestow attention, time, exertion and try to accomplish the end goals.

Likely, a game day was organized in Camp Hope where children and volunteers played. Camp hope children were seen playing with kites, hula-hoop, table tennis, seven stones and some local Nepalese games. These games abetted them in learning the power of being together.

Francisca from Obrigado Portugal was also seen playing with these little kids. We could see each of them joining with each other in order to win and succeed in their aim. We hope that these games build optimisms on them to get the desired goals being together.  

 Kids working together and enjoying their games 

 

Camp Hope kids with their own idea of building!

Camp Hope kids with their version of Eifel Tower !

Pema and his friends playing Seven Stones.

I can skip high! Kid enjoys her skipping.

Look, I can jump high! Kids playing in Camp Hope 

 Francisca participating and enjoying with kids in game day.

Bivash trying to skate!

                                                           LittleKid tries to move his fan!

                   I can Hula-hoop better than others! 

Francisca relishing her swing

   

 Pasang swinging high!   

2016-09-27
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Let’s be heroes! - 24/09/2016

Let’s be Heroes Foundation is an organization whose mission is to convert love into action by promoting values, solidarity and volunteer work around the world; training people willing to get involved in humanitarian actions and connecting people, organizations and social projects. Their objective is to inspire more and more people to “become heroes”, in other words, people that put their talents at the service of others to create equitable societies with solid values. 

The founder, Eduardo Verástegui, is the producer of the film Little Boy, a movie recently played at Camp Hope and which message deeply touched its residents. Inspired by Little Boy and by the video message that Mr. Verástegui sent to them, the children and youth decided to join the Let’s be Heroes movement. They formed groups to undertake positive actions looking to improve their environment.  

One of the groups asked for support to visit an orphanage so they could play and bring happiness to other vulnerable children. Our volunteers Lya, Pedro and Matt, took the 4 girls and 2 boys to an orphanage in Thaiba that is supported by “Operation Nepali Child”, a UK registered charity which supports two orphanages in the Kathmandu valley. Matt, one of our volunteers at Camp Hope is a trustee with this organization, and through him we hope to establish a regular connection with the children from Camp Hope and the orphanages.

 

Om and Lya helping Camp Hope children to organize the teams of heroes


Orphanage visit - Suhana made a nice bracelet for her new friend

Matt, Lya, Pedro and Edward with the children of Operation Nepali Child and Camp Hope 

 

2016-09-27
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Special Friday’s movie night - 23/09/2016

Actor and moviemaker Eduardo Verástegui sent Camp Hope his latest movie “Little Boy”, an inspirational movie with three central messages: hope, love and faith. He also recorded a video for the Camp Hope family, sending a personalized message which reflected his interest in them. This was a great surprise for Camp Hope’s residents and made this movie night very memorable and special occasion.

In his video message, the producer Mr. Verástegui talked about the importance of loving and forgiving more than we judge or complain, and invited the Camp Hope members to put all their efforts in becoming the best version of themselves, by putting their talents at the service of other people, what he calls “being a hero”. In order to motivate the children to excel academically, he also talked about how education is crucial for having access to better opportunities. 

The children, teenagers and adults truly enjoyed the film and agreed to answer back to Mr. Eduardo trough a video message and thank him for his interest and support.

 

Mr. Eduardo Verástegui sent a personalized video message for Camp Hope 


Ben Eagle, the super hero of Little Boy 

Sosan posing like Ben Eagle, de Super Hero of Little Boy movie 

Ben Eagle pose – Bibas and Raju

Children, teenagers and adults enjoyed the film

 

 

 

 

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